Fantasy and romance – a combination you can never get enough of watching. Many anime lovers prefer fantasy romance anime for its unique blend of various fictional elements with an unusually strong love story. The fantasy genre has always fascinated anime fans with aspects like magic, myths, and the extraordinary fictional worlds. But what differentiates fantasy romance as a subgenre is how it combines all kinds of a fantasy world settings where the factors and the complexity of the romance genre are most important with fantasy elements as a common theme, making it more gripping.
The fantasy romance subgenre can be described as a form of thoughtful fiction that seizes the viewer’s heart with its magical elements and connecting them with a love story between characters. While watching a fantasy romance anime, a fan can escape from the real world into distant lands and drift into the mysterious notions and everything in between. The Fantasy Romance anime perfectly presents setting for fictional themes, alongside magic, supernatural events, folklore, and exotic fantasy worlds from Japanese history to western culture while offering a relatable love story taking us into the realm of fantasy.
Fantasy romance anime is best for the fans who allured towards exotic fantasy worlds, magic, supernatural events, folklore and swoony romances. If you are looking for some good fantasy romance anime to watch but are confused to select from so many anime tiles, then don’t worry. you are in good hands. Here’s are a list of 10 best fantasy romance anime that you should watch right now.
Best Fantasy Romance Anime
01. Sword Art Online
Over ten thousand players have logged in to play the massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online. The game uses the state of art technology called NerveGear, which allows the player to control the game character using only their thoughts. The world of SAO, Aincrad, has a full-on fantasy medieval world, weapons, and dangerous monsters. Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed Kirito, is one such player of the game who is exploring the fantasy world of SAO.
But soon, all the fun and game ends when the creator of SAO appears in front of all players. He reveals that all players are now trapped inside his game. The logout button has now been disabled for them. The only way out is by clearing all the levels of the Aincrad. But there is one catch, if a player dies inside the game, he/she will also die in the real world. Kirito teams up with other players and befriends Asuna Yuuki as they all try to escape from this virtual hell.
02. Nagi no Asu kara (A Lull in the Sea)
All humans used to live under the sea a long time ago. But some of the humans prefered living on the surface and soon started abandoning the sea. As a result, people who left the sea for land were stipped from their power of Ena, which allowed them to breathe underwater. Over time, the people of land started discriminating against the people of the sea.
Hikari Sakishima, Manaka Mukaido, Chisaki Hiradaira, and Kaname Isaki are sea citizens and childhood friends who have to attend the school on the surface. At the school, the group befriends a human fisherman who loves the sea. Soon the life of these students will change as they battle against the discrimination and personal problem they face as they start spending more time on the surface. But what awaits for them is a way bigger problem for the entire humanity on the surface.
03. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)
Shirayuki is a beautiful red-haired young woman living in the village and pursuing a career as an apothecary at her herbal shop. The words of her beauty and red hair have spread throughout the country. It even got the attention of Raji, the prince of Tanbarun. The price started forcing Shirayuki to be his concubine. But Shirayuki didn’t want to give up her career and freedom. She tried escaping into the forest and luckily got saved by Zen Wistalia, a prince from a neighboring country.
In hopes of repaying her debt to Zen Wistalia, Shirayuki sets to become the royal court herbalist for Zen’s country Clarines. Her new life at the royal court may bring undesired treatment, but she is determined to prove her knowledge. Seeing Shirayuki, Zen also works on his endeavor to prove as worthy of his title. This loyal friendship between Zen and Shirayuki maybe the start of a new relation, but there are still deadly enemies waiting to destroy their lives in the shadows.
04. Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)
Nanami Momozono is living the worst life due to enormous debt her gambler father has accumulated on her. One day on the verge of being homeless, she helps a man who is being chased by a dog. The man named Mikage returns her help by offering his house in gratitude. But the so-called house turns out to be a rundown shrine. There she meets two shrine spirits Tomoe and Onikiri, and fox familiar Kotetsu who mistakes her for Mikage. She also learns that Mikage is the god of the shrine and has now passed the role onto her.
At first, she was reluctant to live at the shrine, but without any other option, she starts her new life as the shrine god. But life is not easy for her, as the fox familiar Kotetsu doesn’t accept her as the new god while there is a constant threat from youkai who wants to devour her. In a chain of events, Nanami seals a contract with Kotetsu, and from there begins her unexpected feelings for Kotetsu.
05. Fruits Basket
Tooru is a high school student who moves to her grandfather’s house after losing her mother in a car accident. But due to renovation, she can’t move to his home immediately. To avoid being a burden for her unsupportive family, she tells her grandfather that she will live with her friends. But in reality, she ends up living in a tent and works part-time to support her living.
One night on her way back from work, she finds her tent buried under a landslide. Luckily Yuki Souma, a student from the school who was passing by, invites her at his house. While hesitant, she accepts the offer. After arriving at Souma’s home, she accidentally discovers his family secret. A hug from the opposite gender can turn Souma family members into one of the animals of the Chinese zodiac. But life is still not easy for Tooru as she starts meeting more members of this zodiac family.
06. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)
Orario is a bustling city that is home to gods and adventurers. The gods have come down to the human world in seek of excitement and experience the hardship of mortals. The adventurers receive help from gods by joining their familia to fight monsters inside underground Dungeons. Bell Cranel is a young boy who dreams of becoming the greatest adventurer. After meeting a lonely god, Hestia, his path towards his dream became a little closer. But the monsters inside the dungeons are cruel and can take an adventurers life easily.
Bell Cranel has to work extra hard for being the only member of Hestia Familia. Adventurers can earn money by collecting the shred left by killing a monster in the dungeon. Bell hopes to become a powerful swordswoman just like Ais Wallenstein, who once saved his life and is now in love with her. But unknown to Bell, several other goddess and adventurers have feelings for him, and most notable among them is Hestia herself.
07. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha (Maoyu ~ Archenemy & Hero)
The war between humans and demons has been going on for fifteen years. The Hero is the Human’s greatest warrior who decides to abandon the army and attack the demon king alone. Upon arriving at the demon castle, he makes a surprising discovery. It turns out that the Demon King is a Demon Queen, and she is a gorgeous young woman. And right now, she is seeking help from the Hero. The demon queen proposes an alliance with the Hero and also explains its benefits.
While the Hero argues about the suffering humanity faced due to war, the demon queen defends it by claiming that she has made the humans more united. And if he ends the battle today, the Human will end up starving once the other kingdoms stop sending the supplies for the war. She offers a plan to end the war while bringing new hope to the rest of the world in return for cooperation by the Hero. After hearing the plan, Hero agrees to the proposal and joins his former enemy in a new quest. The Hero vows to protect the demon queen as they set off for the human world.
08. Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)
Chise Hatori is an orphaned teenager who decides to sell herself at an auction for five million pounds to a tall masked man. She made this decision in hopes of getting a new place to call home after being ridiculed by her classmates and ostracized by her family. After buying Chise, the masked men take her to a room and reveals himself as Elias Ainsworth, a humanoid with the head of an animal skull. He is magus who bought Chise as she is a rare Sleigh Beggy.
After talking with her for a while, he uses transportation magic and takes Chise to his cottage in rural England. Elias’s house is like a scene from a fantasy book with fairies and mythical beings surrounding Chise on her arrival. Elias tells Chise that she will be his new apprentice and his supposed bride.
09. Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii (The World is Still Beautiful)
Sun is the regular part of the citizen in the Sun Kingdom, but strangely people of the kingdom have never experienced rain in their life. In a short period of three years, Livius Ifrikia, a young newly crowned king of the Sun Kingdom, has conquered the entire world and has grown his influence throughout the kingdom. The young king becomes interested in Rain Dukedom, a place where people have the power to create rain with their voice.
He decides to marry Nike Remercier, one of the princesses of Rain Dukedom. People of Sun Kingdom praise their King Livius Ifrikia, but outside the kingdom, there is a rumor that depicts Livius as a cruel, ruthless, and tyrannical ruler. Upon hearing the rumors, princesses Nike was preparing herself for the worst situation. But upon meeting her new fiance, he turns out to be a whole different person from what she imagined.
10. Romeo x Juliet
Leontes Montague and his men overthrow the members of the ruling Capulet family by murdering them and seizing control of the Neo Verona kingdom. Juliet, the daughter of Lord Capulet, was the only survivor who manages to escape. After 14 years, Leontes still manages to rule the kingdom ruthlessly while crushing anyone who opposes him. Juliet masks herself as a vigilante called the Red Whirlwind and helps the oppressed citizen of the kingdom.
One day she happens to meet Romeo Montague during one of her stunts while helping people. Romeo is the kind and selfless son of Leontes. They both fall in love with each other at first sight without knowing each other’s background. As these destined lovers go on many adventures and face challenges, they soon discover that an ancient hidden secret would be far more threatening to their love for each other compared to their family hatred.